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Apple earbuds being redesigned for iPhone 5?

The smartphone's internals aren't the only bits that are changing come Apple's release of the iPhone 5 – we think.

According to a new rumour, Apple is allegedly also going to be changing up the design of its famous white earbuds for the big iPhone 5 launch. A Vietnamese site has allegedly gotten its hands on the new buds and, aside from the obvious changes to their once-circular shape, they do appear to be a bit smaller in general.

"All factors such as design, quality finishing materials fabricated wire, plastic body headphones are led to the conclusion this is genuine and not counterfeit headphones," reads a blog post from, as translated by MacRumors.

According to Tinhte, the earbuds are allegedly being manufactured exclusively in Vietnam – as reads a description on their cord, right next to the "Designed by Apple in California" bit.

If real, the earbuds look as if they'll feature two separate speaker "ports" instead of a single, all-encompassing speaker. That's a bit tricky to picture based on the description, but it makes a lot more sense once you check out a shot of the rumoured new earbuds in action – or, better yet, a video like the one above.

That all said, it's not as if the world hasn't seen its share of fake Apple earbuds, let alone alleged prototype Apple earbuds in advance of a product launch. What would help solidify Tinhte's leak would be to see an in-line remote attached to the cords of one of the earbuds, as it would be strange (if not downright silly) for Apple to omit that bit from their final design.

The feature is noticeably (or suspiciously) absent from Tinhte's videos and images, which gives us the briefest cause for concern that these might not be totally legitimate.